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News and Updates from our Chapter

14 Feb


George Roter to speak on February 16

February 14, 2012 | By |

George Roter, co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada, will be presenting a lecture called “Stop ‘helping those poor people in Africa:’ An argument for a systemic approach to supporting international development.

He will examine our standard approaches to poverty reduction and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He will argue that simple actions – like building a well or a school – are insufficient to achieving poverty reduction and get in the way of more effective approaches. A different way forward is needed – focusing on systemic change – in order to drive economic and social development, and greater justice for those living in poverty.

The public lecture will be in the Lecture Hall, STP 105, at St. Paul’s University College at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 16.

Admission  is free. Parking is available at St. Paul’s on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free after 4:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Kelly Deeks-Johnson,

18 Jan


EWB Speaking Tour hits Grand River!

January 18, 2012 | By |

EWB has received funding to organize a speaking tour that will visit offices and campuses across Canada in order to increase interest and support nation-wide of EWB’s work.

Mina Shahid, who works with the Agricultural Value Chains team in Ghana, will be speaking in our area. EWB Grand River has teamed up with the University of Waterloo to host a workshop style presentation with Mina, that has lots of opportunity for interaction and engagement and of course learning!

The workshop will be Monday January 23 2012 in room 2004 of the Enginereering 5 building at the University of Waterloo. (Engineering 5 is the newest engineering building on Ring Road.) Participants are asked to arrive by 4:30pm.

The event is open to everyone and we hope that we might see lots of old and new faces alike. This is a great way to learn more about the work EWB does from one of our awesome overseas staff!

Feel free to contact if you’d like more information on the event or directions to the venue.

02 Dec


Fair Trade Waterloo Meeting

December 2, 2011 | By |

Fair Trade Waterloo is in its growing stages and gathering momentum towards a long term goal of getting Waterloo certified as Fair Trade City, promoting awareness and increasing the availability of Fair Trade Certified products in the area. If you are interested in learning more about Fair Trade Waterloo, the next meeting will be held at Whole Lo-a Gelata (Uptown Waterloo) on Wednesday December 7th at 6:00pm.

02 Dec


December Meetup

December 2, 2011 | By |

Join us for our next monthly meetup!

When: Thursday December 15th 2011 ,6:00 pm

Where: Huether Cafe (Downswtairs) in Uptown Waterloo


02 Dec


Holiday Outreach Event

December 2, 2011 | By |

EWB Grand River will be teaming up with the University of Waterloo student chapter for a holiday outreach event at the St. Jacobs Market. We will be running a stand on Saturday December 3rd during market hours and sharing ideas on making more ethical gift giving choices this holiday season and celebrating holiday cultures around the world. If you are interested in volunteering for an hour or two with us please email for more information. If you’re planning to on a trip to the market this weekend, please stop by and see us! We’d love to talk to you!

29 Sep


65 Years of Fair Trade

September 29, 2011 | By |

On Saturday, October 1st Ten Thousand Villages will be celebrating 65 years of Fair Trade in their 48 stores across Canada, as well as at the National Office and Distribution Centre in New Hamburg, Ontario. Stop by your local store or the New Hamburg Open House and join in the festivities! There will be food, guests, slideshows, entertainment, gift basket draws, displays, balloons, tattoos and more!

In addition, celebrate with an Evening of Stories and Celebration with international storyteller Doug Dirks.

Sunday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm
Toronto United Mennonite Church

1774 Queen Street East

The evening will include Fair Trade food and drink and a chance to meet Ten Thousand Villages celebrity supporter Gail Vaz-Oxlade.

Doug Dirks has for decades been a visionary leader in the global Fair Trade movement and an impassioned advocate for artisans around the world. A masterful storyteller, many have been riveted by accounts of his early work establishing craft producing groups in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.



25 Aug


August Meetup Tonight

August 25, 2011 | By |

BarleyWorks Patio at Huether Hotel (Upstairs)
59 King Street North, Waterloo

We’d love to see you if you have a chance to drop in. Folks from the UW chapter will be joining us to give us the low down on Fair Trade Waterloo and update us on the great things happening at UW.

25 Aug


Buy from Africa – Chapter Fundraiser

August 25, 2011 | By |

Thanks to Chad Hamre, former overseas volunteer, CEO of Ethical Ocean and all around awesome guy, we have a new tool for chapter fundraising and trading fairly with Africa all in a one-two punch.

Ethical Ocean has curated 180 African made and sourced products from 9 different social businesses on a page dedicated to EWB fundraising at

From now until August 31, 10% of all sales from the page will go to our chapter. All you have to do is list Grand River in the order comments.

Challenge yourself to buy from Africa! Please share the link with your friends and consider some early holiday shopping or a gift for an upcoming occasion.